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Gibson-McCook Relays Watch | St Jago boys gets 4x800m edge

Published:Thursday | February 16, 2017 | 2:00 AMRaymond Graham

Two years ago, a Kingston College quartet anchored by Twayne Crooks broke a long-standing record in the 4x800m relay after recording 7:34.78.

Following an average performance last year, the North Street-based institution is unbeaten so far this season in the event with their biggest win coming at the Milo Western Relays, where in a close battle they got the better of St Elizabeth Technical.

Following that defeat where the Kingston College anchor runner Teresa Rhoden showboated several metres before the finish line, 'flashing off' St Elizabeth Technical's Ryon Butler, the defending Gibson Relays champions will be coming with blood in their eyes as they will want to return the favour by beating Kingston College in Kingston.

It will, however, not be an exclusive battle between KC and STETHS as last year's second place finisher St Jago High, Calabar and Jamaica College also have deep teams and are expected to do very well.

 

AVENGING DEFEAT

 

In 2016, St Jago, after a big lead on the anchor, surprisingly lost when one of their top men, Lerone Clarke was gobbled up by STETHS' Jevaughny James and the Spanish Town-based team will want to avenge that defeat. Their ambitions will be helped by the fact that they have three members from last year's team back in the line up.

Jamaica College and Calabar who both have several quality half-milers in their team, will definitely make this a very hot event and possibly the race of the meet.

The record set two years ago by Kingston College could be in danger here, this one will excite and its good that for a change, the middle distance athletes will get some attention this time around.

 

Top 3 Prediction

 

1. St Jago

2. KC

3. STETHS